October 30, 2007

Dispatches from the DVD Format Frontlines [6:52 am]

Battle rages for HD movie supremacypdf

Kushmerek, 39, a senior technical trainer at The MathWorks in Natick, said he wants no part of the HD DVD vs. Blu-ray battle until the industry settles on a unified standard used by all studios because the losing systems will “ultimately turn into glorified door stops.”

Kushmerek has lots of company. Research firm Adams Media Research Inc. of Carmel, Calif., says 35 percent of US households will have an HDTV set by the end of 2007, up from 28.6 percent last year. But a survey from Forrester Research in Cambridge found that less than 10 percent of people with HDTV sets have a high-definition video player. [...]

[...] “This has been a very, very ugly market,” said Forrester analyst J.P. Gownder. He thinks the ugliness will continue for some time, because neither camp has much interest in compromise.

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